The third leg of LPGA’s major championship season arrives with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.
The pregame narrative: Congressional has hosted five men’s major championships, and makes its debut on the LPGA circuit this week. Brooke Henderson returns to the event she won six years ago, while Nelly Korda hopes to defend her title and Leona Maguire eyes another strong major performance.
Here are our best picks for the Women’s PGA Championship on June 22.
Women’s PGA Championship picks overview
- Brooke Henderson top-10 finish (+188)
- Nelly Korda top-five finish (+200)
- Leona Maguire top-10 finish (+335)
Women’s PGA Championship picks
Best bet: Henderson top-10 finish (+188)
Henderson’s caught fire at the perfect time — since returning from her month-long absence, the Smith Falls-native has impressed, winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic and carding a T9 last week at the Meijer Classic.
The Canadian also put in a solid performance at the U.S. Open three weeks ago, with a T15.
Henderson performing in majors is nothing new, she’s carded 12 career top-10 finishes to go along with a win at the 2016 Women’s PGA. While she has just one top-10 in her last five major starts, we believe Henderson is knocking on the door of something special.
The 24-year-old is playing her best golf in quite some time and has established herself as one of the best ball-strikers on the tour this season. Henderson is hitting 75.64% of greens in regulation, the fourth-best mark on the LPGA and ranks second in strokes gained tee-to-green per round (+2.050).
Congressional has gotten a complete rework since the last time we’ve seen it host a major (2011 men’s U.S Open) with significant tree removal, redone greens and grown-out fescue.
The Women’s PGA has had an average winning score of 11.2 under par over its past 10 tournaments. We’re not sure how difficult a new-look Congressional will be, but Henderson has the third-lowest scoring average of any player on the LPGA (69.54). That has to count for something, right?
Key stat: Henderson has 21 rounds in the 60s this season, the second-most on tour.
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Korda top-five finish (+200): Korda shares many similarities with Henderson. She’s won this event before, is a fantastic ball striker (third in SG: T2G, +1.900) and had to take time off this year due to injury.
The 23-year-old superstar hasn’t missed a beat after four months off. Korda’s recorded two top-10 finishes, including a runner-up last week in the Meijer Classic. With eight professional rounds to get sorted, we expect the former World. No. 1 to put up a fight.
Maguire top-10 finish (+335): Maguire broke onto the scene after putting up a 4-0-1 record at the Solheim Cup last September. Since then, she’s won an LPGA event to go along with two additional top-10s. Maguire posted a runner-up in her last start and a T8 at the U.S Women’s Open.
She ranks top-10 in both putting average (29.05) and birdies (170). Expect the Irish to be following Maguire closely this week.
Odds as of 12:52 p.m. ET on 06/22/2022.
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